The morning of , after reading a few toots suggesting that the federation of Gitea instances is not relegated to a Utopian future, I decided to finally self-host my own git forge:

If you just want to read about GiTMI, please jump to the Log.



Why

First of all, why should anyone consider to move out of the great-looking, appealing and feature-packed GitHub, and deciding instead to switch to any of its less diffused alternatives, or even self-host one?

  • First of all, why not? Self-hosting an instance is a nice experiment to try, in my case to test skills, discover new things, and learn more about practically working with open source
  • GitHub is centralized, meaning that either you have a GitHub account or you cannot open PRs, issues, etc.
  • GitHub is becoming more and more a monopoly, specially since its acquisition by Microsoft
  • As far as I know, GitHub is made to host open source software but </u>its own source is not open</u>! This is paradoxical and comically absurd!
  • This is not so relevant, but GitHub is written in Ruby, while Gitea is written in Go; this makes Gitea rely on a more modern, faster (arguably the fastest) language and a newer framework.
  • If you have more arguments to suggest, please comment below, I will be happy to add what you write to this list



Log

A schematic log of what I am doing, setting up and maintaining GiTMI

  1. Finding out that forges’ federation is actually going to happen

  2. Impulsively getting gitmi.dev domain

  3. Installing Gitea on Xplosion Server


WIP

  1. 🚧 Mirror GitHub repositories
  2. 🚧 Migrate GitHub repositories (once federation is fully implemented)
  3. Custom CSS?
  4. Discussions instead of issues?
  5. Mobile client?



Resources

A collection of inspiring and/or useful articles

🏗 WIP section 🛠

This section should contain a beautifull graph displaying the relations among this note and all of the others on tommi.space. Unfortunately, showing it requires great coding skills and I am still working on it.

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